stratus, out of curiousity, what ethinicity are you? also, i mean no disrespect, but your personal experiences of being at different schools have nothing to do with the big picture because they are your experiences, seen through your eyes. there is much more to it than that. the reason we have things like studies is because personal opinion is not accurate. also, i know there are rich black, and i know there are poor whites. however, those are token members of their communities. like i said, the majority of blacks, latinos, and asians in the united states are lliving below the poverty line. on a final note, i am glad we are having these dialogues because many people on this board have been blessed with a gift to make music. there are so many issues and topics that can be broadcast over a large spectrum through your talents and i really believe that there is no artform/culture more powerful than hip hop.